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Baxter named as Novation president

McHENRY – Scott Baxter has been named as president of Novation Industries – formerly WM Plastics.

Baxter, who had been the company’s chief operating officer, brings more than 30 years of senior-level operations management experience, including 15 years with a medical product device company and prior work involving oversight of start-up engineering and manufacturing operations within a Fortune 500 company.

Chris Metz, the company’s second-generation owner and previous president since 1987, moved to CEO.

“Scott brings experience and strong leadership qualities that will help to guide our future growth and expansion,” Metz said. “He has provided exceptional management of our operations for four years in his role as COO and has, during that time, implemented production and operational efficiencies that have greatly benefited our customers.

Company staff changes also have included three new hires:

• James Agro was recently hired as the company’s engineering manager. Agro’s background includes more than 20 years of experience working in the lighting products industry. During his career he has served as project and lead engineer on new product development projects, worked in product management roles, and, most recently, served as director of engineering. 

• Jeffrey Lenzen was brought on as the manufacturing and project engineer. Lenzen brings more than 15 years experience at Motorola Inc. mobile device division where he served in mechanical engineering and materials engineering roles. Earlier in his career, he served as a project engineer designing industrial automation equipment.

• Richard Young was recently hired to serve as maintenance manager. His experience includes 10 years in facilities and maintenance management. Prior to his industrial experience, Young served for three years as a manager in the Navy on the USS Helena nuclear attack submarine and oversaw a team of engineers and crew.

Novation Industries, 5151 Bolger Ct., McHenry, which has been in business for more than 45 years as WM Plastics, specializes in integrated product development services including industrial design, injection molding and sourcing, contract manufacturing, and logistics.


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